Top 7 Ways to Listen to Audible Audiobooks in the Car

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With several minutes or even hours of commute every day, listening to audiobooks is a fantastic use of that time while driving. If you subscribe to Audible membership, you should know the audiobooks purchased from Audible can only be played on limited compatible Audible devices. However, I've already found 7 efficient ways to listen to Audible audiobooks in car. No matter "how old" your car is, you will find a solution here in this post.

how to listen to audiobooks in car

Method 1. USB Drive

If your car is equipped with a USB cable, then the best way is to transfer your Audible files to a USB drive and listen to audiobooks in car with the built-in sound system. Before transferring Audible books to USB drive, you just need to convert Audible to MP3 with the help of Epubor Audible Converter. With only one click, you will get your Audible files decrypted and converted to MP3.

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Audible to USB Drive

Method 2. SD Card

Besides the USB drive, you can also use a SD card. Many cars accept SD card reader with a port. First, you just need to move your Audible books to your SD card. And then plug this SD card to a SD card reader. Next just plug the SD card reader to your car.

move audible to SD card

Method 3. Android Auto/ iOS CarPlay

At this time, some recent models like Ford, Lincoln and GM vehicles have upgrades available that are already equipped with the Audible app in the car's built-in display. If you own such a car model, then you will be able to listen directly through the car itself and control the Audible content playback. So to take this method, please first make sure your car is compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and your Android device is running Android 5.0 or above version and CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later to use.

Audible for Anroid Auto

Android Auto

If you have an Android Auto-compatible car, you can enjoy Audible either through your car's built-in display and stereo or on your Android phone. Just follow these steps:

Step 1. Open the Audible app on your Android smartphone.

Step 2. Connect your Android phone to your car's stereo via USB cable.

Step 3. Select an audiobook to play on your Android phone, then automatically it will switch to play through your car stereo.

Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is an iOS system which enables you to listen to Audible with your car's built-in display and stereo system.

Step 1. Plug your iPhone into the USB port of your car. The USB port may be labeled with a CarPlay or smartphone icon.

Step 2. Connect your Android phone to your car's stereo via USB cable.

Step 3. Select CarPlay on the display.

Step 4. Open Audible app on the display, tap My Library and select an audiobook to play in your car.

Note: This method only works for those people who have a car that is compatible with the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Actually, there are very limited car models that support such a system.

Method 4. Auxiliary Input

If your car has an auxiliary jack, you can plug your mobile device directly into it. Then any audio which is playing from your device will now play through the speakers in your car including an audiobook from the Audible app. Usually, the ends of an auxiliary cable look like the plug-end of a pair of headphones.

listen to audiobook in car with AUX Cable

Note: In most cases, a mobile phone won't come with an auxiliary cable. So you should purchase one from a store.

Method 5. Burning CDs

If your car has a CD player, you can burn your desired Audible audiobooks onto CDs. Then just simply plug the Audible CDs to the car stereo and start to listen to Audible in car. For more info, you can follow this detailed guide--Top 3 Ways to Burn MP3 to CD for Audible Audiobooks.

Audible to CD

Method 6. FM Transmitter

An FM transmitter allows you play to your Audible in car by transmitting the audio across a chosen FM radio frequency.

If your mobile phone comes with a built-in FM Transmitter functionality, you can use this natively or with a free FM Transmitter app and then broadcast the Audible audiobooks on your phone to your car radio. Just set a unique channel for your Audible books and then tune your car radio to the same frequency.

If your mobile device does not support FM Transmitter, then a low-cost purchase for a small FM broadcast device will be required. After that, you can plug the transmitter into your phone via the headphone jack and transmit the audiobooks through the speakers.

listen to audiobook in car with FM Transmitter

Method 7. Bluetooth

If your car is less than 10 years old, your car should support Bluetooth and you can pair your smartphone to your car radio via Bluetooth. Then you will be able to listen to your Audible books through your car's speakers wirelessly.

listen to audiobook in car with Bluetooth

Note: This approach is not recommended since the Audible app must keep open and all functionality for the audiobook (changing chapters, narration speed, playing, pausing) can only be changed through the Audible app on your device. But for your safety, Please avoid using your device while driving. Never let your smartphone distract you from driving.


Now you may find a solution that works for you. If you finally decide to listen to audiobook in car via USB drive, SD card or CD, don't forget to use Epubor Audible Converter to help you convert Audible to MP3 first.

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05/8/2021 08:20:01
Audible sucks! I used to be able to download a book from the Audible app to my GPS unit.
Then Audible changed their format so that a person can't download any books anymore.
I dropped them as my audiobook service, since a audiobook is pretty much useless to me now.
05/10/2021 09:41:25
Thank you for contacting us and we are sorry to hear that you cannot download audible books.
As far as we know, Audible books still can be downloaded. Please read how to listen and download audible books here: https://www.epubor.com/how-to-listen-and-download-audible-books-on-computer.html
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